Nov 10, 2011

Quick Guide to Online Shopping

I asked one of my guest bloggers about shopping online.  She does a lot of marketing and shopping using the internet's may advantages.  I thought you might be interested.  Here is an article by Maggie Thistleton.

Quick Guide to Online Shopping
I know a lot of people try to stay away from online shopping for a number of reasons, but it really isn’t that scary! People are afraid to use their credit card online, or they like to see the product before they buy it, or they only buy things once they’ve tried it on. Most of us spend a good chunk of time online, why not shop there, too? Shopping online, if you do it right, can save you tons of money.

I am a HUGE fan of eBay, and I have been since I was in high school. I started just buying small things here and there, and then I tried my hand at selling. I’ve found some really good deals on eBay, and I highly recommend you try it! Payments are managed through PayPal, so you don’t actually exchange money with the seller. They do need your address, so use a P.O. box or a work address if you don’t feel comfortable giving someone your address.
Look at all the ways to categorize!
Over the years, I’ve built up my favorite websites that I buy from, and I tend to buy from them over and over. Buying clothes online can be tricky, I agree, but shopping for accessories is quite fun! As long as websites have good product photographs and descriptions, what you see is usually what you get. I only shop from websites that offer free returns, or have satisfaction guarantees. 
Etsy is also becoming a favorite of mine. Etsy is sort of like eBay, but a bit more fashionable. People create stores to sell goods, usually clothing, art, or jewelry. Prices can range from quite cheap to very expensive, but you’re sure to find something you love.
I highly encourage you to sign up for emails from your favorite stores, because most stores send out coupons all the time. There’s nothing better than discount fashions online, except for discounted discount fashions!

To ensure your privacy while shopping online, look for a secure connection. There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest is to look at the top of the page at check out, where you type in the web address. If you see https:// instead of http://, the s after the http means the site is secure. Any credible seller should also be backed by programs like buysafePayPal, and the Better Business Bureau.
Author Bio:
Maggie spends her days working at Reading Glasses Shopper where she helps customers find the best reading glasses. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes, spending time with friends, shopping and traveling.

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